Diploma Sewerage and Drainage Operations SCQF level 5

The Diploma in Sewerage and Drainage Operations at SCQF level 5 provides learners with a qualification that will demonstrate their aptitude in this area. This Diploma will develop the learner's confidence and awareness of the skills that they have acquired which they can use for employment and/or further study.

The mandatory part of the Diploma covers areas such as health and safety in the water industry, customer service and essential knowledge for sewerage and drainage.

In addition, candidates complete one of four specialist pathways:

This qualification is available through employers and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

The Diploma in Sewerage and Drainage Operations at SCQF level 5 has been developed by Energy & Utility Skills.

The units that make up this competence-based qualification combine assessment criteria covering skills/performance and knowledge requirements.

The Diploma can be offered within a workplace environment. The evidence demonstrating achievement of the qualification can be assessed within a workplace environment or, where simulation is used, within a realistic working environment.

Who does this qualification suit

This qualification is suitable for:

  • individuals interested in the water sector
  • learners who may have just left school
  • mature candidates who may have been out of education for some time
  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification
  • employers who wish their employees to obtain short, continuing professional development courses


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.


The Diploma in Water Distribution Control at SCQF level 5 could provide progression to other water-related qualifications at SCQF levels 5 and 6. Successful completion of the qualification could also open up more employment opportunities and career prospects in the sector.


Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority are required to come forward for approval and should contact SQA's Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

How to assess

The Diploma is designed to be assessed in the workplace, or in conditions similar to the workplace. Assessment evidence will primarily be generated via workplace evidence. Each unit provides assessment evidence requirements and guidance on instruments of assessment.

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Qualification Structure

Group Award Code: GR73 45

The Diploma in Sewerage and Drainage Operations at SCQF level 5 consists of consists of three mandatory units. In addition to the mandatory units, candidates must complete one of four specialist pathways. Each pathway has two units.

The qualification also includes additional units. Candidates may complete any of the additional units. However, they do not contribute to the achievement of the full Diploma.

Please refer to the Qualification Structure (82 KB) for details on the units making up this qualification.

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Unit Search.

Modern Apprenticeships

The Diploma in Sewerage and Drainage Operations at SCQF level 5 is included in the Water Industries Modern Apprenticeship.

SQA also offer the following Core Skills components and other qualifications included in the Apprenticeship framework:

Unit title SCQF 4
Core Skills: Communication F426 04
Core Skills: Numeracy F42A 04
Core Skills: Information and Communication Technology F42E 04
Core Skills: Problem Solving F42J 04
Core Skills: Working with Others F42N 04

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